News & Events

June 17, 2020
Recommended Summer Listening

The Long Con Podcast
by Fellow New Trier Township Resident, Paul Traynor
Would you like to learn more about how right-wing billionaires and their dark money groups and think tanks are corroding our Democracy and influencing policy, even at very local levels like in our Township? Then please give a listen to Paul Traynor's new podcast, "The Long Con". It's informative and entertaining!

From Paul Traynor: " The Long Con Podcast takes a lighthearted and informative look at the dismantling of American Representative Democracy and the collapse of Western Civilization. Billionaire oligarchs have been running a long con on America for our entire lifetimes… and we’ve reached the endgame. The good news? It’s time to abandon political squabbling, and come together as well-meaning patriots to save the American Experiment! The bad news? Same."

Click on the episode titles below to start listening:

Educate Yourself and Your Family With This Anti-Racism Resource

From the creator of this  google doc : “This  document  is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.”
Volunteering Opportunities
Inclusion in our "Volunteering Opportunities" List – whether it’s for a specific candidate or concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
Sign Up for Phone Bank Training to Call Seniors With U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6th)

From our homes to their homes, U.S. Representative Sean Casten’s team is calling seniors in the 6th District to check in on how they’re doing during this difficult time. Won’t you join them in reaching out?

There is a virtual training sessions tonight, Wednesday, June 17 at 12:00noon. Sign up here.
Lauren Underwood
Support U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s Re-Election (IL-14th) With Indivisible Evanston’s Weekly Virtual Phone Bank Parties Beginning Thursday, June 25th  

As you know,  Lauren Underwood  is running for re-election to the US House in Illinois’ 14th district. And though November is some months away, there are some things we can do now to support her campaign.  In a joint effort with the campaign itself to re-kindle the camaraderie of canvassing and phone bank parties in person, Indivisible Evanston will be hosting weekly virtual phone bank parties with members on Thursdays beginning June 25th!

Parties will last from 5-8pm CDT and are hosted by the campaign. A member of the campaign will be on the call and offer training in the first 15-20 minutes and then ‘hang out’ for the duration, answering any questions—about the phone bank system and the script or if one of your call recipients has a question about Rep. Underwood that is not in the script and you’re unable to answer. 

SIGN UP HERE.   After signing up, you’ll get an invite to the actual event once it’s available; you’ll also get reminders prior to June 25th Note: if you can’t make Thursdays, you can always phone bank on your own remotely. You can sign up on the Events page  here . Questions on the Thursday virtual phone bank parties? Email .
Sign Up to Write Postcards at Home to Wisconsin & Michigan With Indivisible Evanston

Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin and Michigan, encouraging them to vote in the November Presidential Election. 

They will supply the postcards, names and addresses and script. You just supply the postage (and support the Post Office at the same time!) Until we can meet again in person, they will make cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week, at three locations. Just sign up and select how many packs of cards you want and when you want to pick them up. (Just check the blue Sign up box on the date you want. Click on the black “Submit and Sign up” box at the bottom of your screen. Then complete the registration, including selecting the quantity of packs you want.)

Sign Up for Wednesday Virtual Phone Banks to Wisconsin With Indivisible Chicago

Turning Wisconsin BLUE Depends on YOU!
Wisconsin Wednesdays Virtual Phone Banks: 
Wednesday, June 24, July 8, July 22, 6 – 8pm  

The road to the White House runs right through Wisconsin. Indivisible is renewing the fight to turn Wisconsin BLUE in November.

They will be calling into targeted areas identified by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to engage voters well ahead of the election. They will be helping identify Democratic voters NOW so we can efficiently get out the vote in November.

They make phone banking easy! Their phone banks begin with a Zoom call orientation and end with the opportunity to debrief. Along the way, their phone bank leaders are available to help you with any problems. After you sign up, they’ll get back in touch with all the information you need to connect. They’re with you every step of the way!

Sign Up For Indivisible’s Payback Project

Indivisible’s  Payback Project  is a plan to target TEN Republican Senators up for reelection and take back the Senate majority. Defeating this many Senate Republicans will not be easy. It will take a massive awareness campaign to expose the truth of their complicity to voters, and a growing grassroots army on the ground ready to ensure their Democratic opponents have the funding and people necessary to knock doors, activate voters and win.

Indivisible has a comprehensive, four-pronged approach to make sure Republicans Senators are held accountable for their actions, their votes, and their enabling of Donald Trump.  Click here to learn more and get involved

One way to take action is the Payback Project’s a peer-to-peer textbanking outreach campaign to engage voters across the target states to take action with Indivisible groups in their area and mobilize locally to flip their Senate seats.  SIGN UP  right now to text and help them win back the Senate this fall.
Other Events of Interest
Inclusion in our "Other Events of Interest" List – whether it’s a fundraising event for a specific candidate or an event concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
Lauren Underwood
Tonight, June 17, 2020: Virtual Event With Lauren & Pete

When : Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where : Online
What : A Virtual Fundraiser in Support of Rep. Lauren Underwood With Special Guest Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Video conference details provided closer to the date. If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP via email, contact Rose at –  register online .
Tonight, June 17, 2020: Tenth Annual Tenth Dems’ Poetry & Prose Contest Awards Night

When : Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom.  RSVP online . They will send the Zoom link on the afternoon of June 17.
What : The 10th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night. High school students in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion submitted original poems and stories on the theme CHOICES. The judges have made their selections and at Awards Night contest winners will be announced. They, and all students who participated, are invited to read their poems and stories. This is a free event.
Tonight, June 17, 2020: "What Will Our November Elections Look Like" Live Interview

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : U.S. Congressmen Sean Casten from the 6th Congressional District, Bill Foster from the 11th Congressional District along with State Senator Laura Ellman from Illinois’ 21st District and State Senator Julie Morrison from Illinois 29th District will answer questions about vote by mail, the US Postal Service’s ability to manage increased mail-in ballots, the status of the proposed Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act, and more. Sponsored by the NAACP of DuPage County, the League of Women Voters – Naperville and National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore. Register here .
Tonight, June 17, 2020: Sister District New Trier’s Screening & Discussion of Documentary on Gerrymandering, “Slay the Dragon”

When : Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (you can view the movie prior to event)
Where : Online
What Variety  called this documentary “The most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade.” Now, Sister District is making  Slay the Dragon  available for home viewing!
Here’s how this works. (There are two steps to the process.)

  1. Donate at the link that follows to screen the movie ANYTIME between June 12-16 with an access code you’ll receive after donating. $25 per household. Your couch; your snacks! Donate HERE.
  2. Then, join them for a “post-movie” discussion and interview from 7:30 – 8:30 pm CT with Michigan candidate Laurie Pohutsky, film co-director Chris Durrance, and Lyzz Schwegler, Sister District Co-founder and Director of Communications. To do that, register HERE.

Proceeds from both these events go directly to our three candidates:  Laurie Pohutsky  (MI),  Christine Morse  (MI), and  Robyn Vining  (WI).
This Friday, June 19, 2020: Juneteenth Evanston 2020 – Digital Celebration

When : Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where : Livestreamed on Facebook, Youtube and the organizers’ website
What The Evanston Juneteenth Celebration will feature music and dance performances from local youth, presentations by Shorefront Legacy Center founder Dino Robinson, remarks from Ald. Robin Rue Simmons who is preparing a Juneteenth Proclamation for Evanston in honor of Hecky Powell’s wish expressed at last year’s Juneteenth celebration, remarks from Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, a  special guest interview with Opal Lee  – the 93-year-old social activist from Fort Worth, Texas who is traveling the country to gain support for making Juneteenth a national holiday, and much more. Tim Rhoze, artistic director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, will also present a community play reading the following day. For more information or to register,  visit their website Support this celebration here.
This Weekend, June 19 – 21, 2020: Six Nineteen – Defend Black Lives

When : Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, 2020
Where : Online or search for local events
What : From the organizers – “In response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black people who have been killed at the hands of vigilantes or law enforcement, millions have taken to the streets with a clear and distinct call to end police violence and to defund police. Combined with COVID-19 and four years of Trumpism, Black communities are demanding: justice; accountability; a divestment from policing; and an investment in healthy, sustainable communities.

To honor our ancestors and to lay a path to freedom for future generations, Black Lives Matter is calling for the  sixnineteen mobilization  on Juneteenth weekend, June 19–21, 2020. We invite you to join us in solidarity with  Movement for Black Lives  by taking action from home, in your community, or in Washington, D.C.

The millions of us are here to remind lawmakers that we are bigger than monied interests, including police unions and right-wing think tanks. We know the path away from this disaster. After years of anti-Black violence and animosity for Black life, we demand the defunding of police and an investment in Black communities. We also call for the resignation of Donald Trump, who met our calls for justice with a brutal wave of repression that has added fuel to the fire of racism and systemic inequity.  MORE INFORMATION  &  DEMANDS
Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Indivisible Evanston’s Monthly Zoom Meeting

When : Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : Phone Banking is easier than you think…And Indivisible Evanston can prove it to you with just 30 minutes of training! We can’t canvass in the midst of a pandemic, so we have to do the next best thing, which is phone banking. It’s easy! Let them show you how. On June 23, their friends at Indivisible Chicago will conduct a 30-minute class that will tell you the secrets, show you the ropes, and answer all your questions. Then they’ll do some role play with Daniel Biss!  Register online for this meeting.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Senator Tammy Duckworth Virtual Reception

When : Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm Central Daylight Time (Please note: the announcement shows Eastern time).
Where : Online via Zoom. Link and meeting ID provided upon registration or RSVP
What : A virtual reception with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth featuring a performance by musical theater star Arianna Afsar and playwright Lauren Gunderson, telling the story of America’s first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin.  Register online  or to RSVP, contact Monica Medvedec at
Julie Morrison
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: State Sen. Julie Morrison’s Virtual Pizza Party

When : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where : Online via Zoom
What : A virtual pizza party with State Senator Julie Morrison.  Contribute online . For a link to the Zoom event, RSVP via email to
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Personal PAC Virtual Discussion “Illinois in a Post-Roe World”

When : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where Online
What : Personal PAC is holding a special virtual event about the state of reproductive justice in Illinois featuring Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. Foxx is expected to weigh in on the June Medical Services decision, expected by that morning, as well as the scourge of Crisis Pregnancy Centers.  Purchase tickets here and support the important work Personal PAC.
Monday, July 20, 2020: Jan Schakowsky’s 19th Annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch - Virtual This Year

When : Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:30pm
Where : Virtual – Link to Zoom event will be sent in advance
What : Please Join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and the Host Committee for the 19th Annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch. Keynote Speakers Include Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Register online .
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